Christmas

Christmas Party Time!

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Dec 31 2018
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PEP’s end of year party at the Queensberry Bowling Club was held this year on the 21st December.

The hall was packed with 69 people coming along for their annual Christmas meal with PEP. They were welcomed in with a drink of bubbly before sitting for the meal with the food expertly prepared by PEP’s dedicated staff and volunteers. They served up the traditional Christmas meal of pate and oatcakes followed by turkey with all the trimmings and a rich chocolate gateau with cream for pudding.

The entertainment was provided by Pat, whose music and song got everyone smiling. As always everyone really enjoyed partying with group singing and dancing right to the end.  

The raffle had tonnes of prizes on offer including chocolates and gift sets; some kindly donated by ‘Morrison’s Ferry Road’ and the table decoration poinsettias were an ever popular raffle prize.   This year’s star prizes were six food hampers donated by the ‘Cyrenians FareShare’ all with a variety of food and snacks to keep the Christmas cheer going on over the holiday season.

A special thank you must go to Fiona, JJ and Charlotte who worked so hard behind the scenes all afternoon in the kitchen. Thank you to Pat for the music, the Queensberry Bowling Club for hosting us and providing the bar facilities, to the staff and volunteers for making the day happen and to everyone who came along…. ‘Merry Christmas’!

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Panto Time a Huge Success

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Dec 20 2018
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On the 13th December the Granton Baptist Church hosted PEP’s 2018 Christmas show; the hall was packed with up to 140 people who came along to enjoy the festive evening.

Dancers from the ‘Edinburgh Dance Academy’ kicked off the evening with a variety of routines. Their dancing was amazing and the girls and boys wowed the audience with their talent and inspired routines and costumes. They are always a delight to watch!

Next up were the ‘Cheyne Gang’. The Cheyne Gang is a community singing group based in Stockbridge for people with the condition Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and other chronic lung disorders. They sung their Christmas songs beautifully and the audience all joined in!

This year’s PEP Pantomime Presentation was ‘Tales From the Arabian Nights’; a play based around the story of Scheherazade, the Persian storyteller saved from death by her wondrous stories. Again PEP’s staff, volunteers and group members took on the roles. A last minute change meant that Ryan, the Community Navigator, took on the role of the King. He was amazing and his contribution meant that the ‘show DID go on!’ The show was really funny and kept the audience laughing from start to finish.

Additional entertainment was provided by the Literacy Group’s poem and fantastic live Middle Eastern music from Chris from Duo Hyperborea. Theodora also showed her talents playing music to ‘entertain the king’. 

The evening was expertly compared throughout by Paul, PEP’s Chair of the Board. This culminated with the presentation of this year’s Volunteer awards. Charlie Marshall got the ‘Special Recognition’ award for his dedication to the Handyperson Service; while the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award went to the amazingly deserving driver Shugs McAlonie.

The evening ended with the traditional raffle and a buffet for all, prepared by PEP’s dedicated staff and volunteers.

Acknowledgements: Rev. Ian Dickie and the Granton Baptist Church, Edinburgh Dance Academy, Cheyne Gang and all the staff, volunteers and service users at PEP who made the evening special!Panto1Panto2Panto3

It’s Almost Christmas!

theo_pep
Dec 06 2018
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The Craft group celebrated the run up to Christmas with their traditional Christmas crafting session.

This year the group focused on fluffy Christmas decorations and an ambitious 3D advent calendar. Needless to say; there was glue everywhere!

As always the session gave everyone a chance for a good bleather and catch up over some home-made biscuits and delicious chocolate cake. It was also nice to welcome in some of the members of the Neighbourhood Group who were keen to join in with the crafting fun.

Thank you to everyone who came along. Have a Very Merry ‘Craft-mas’!

PEP’s Annual Christmas Party

theo_pep
Dec 22 2017
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This year’s party at the Queensberry Bowling Club was on the 21nd December. Once again Moira and volunteers Peter and Stephen teamed up and did an amazing job of decorating the tables to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

The hall was packed with 60 people coming along for their annual Christmas lunch with PEP. The food, as always, was prepared by PEP’s dedicated staff and volunteers. This year’s starter was pate and oatcakes followed by turkey with all the trimmings and a black forest gateau with cream for pudding.

The entertainment was provided by Pat, who made a welcome return to the Christmas party. He played music, sang and got the party goers singing too! Everyone danced right up to the end of the afternoon.  

The raffle had tonnes of prizes on offer including chocolates and gift sets; some kindly donated by ‘Morrison’s Ferry Road’. Instead of poinsettias, there were lovely little Christmas houseplants.   The star prizes were six small food hampers donated by the ‘Cyrenians FareShare’ and two larger hampers, all with a variety of food and snacks to keep the Christmas cheer going on over the holiday season.

Thank you to Pat for the music, the Queensberry Bowling Club for hosting us and providing the bar facilities, to the staff and volunteers for making the day happen and to everyone who came along…. ‘Merry Christmas’!

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Pantomime and Christmas Celebrations

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Dec 18 2017
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On the 12th December the Granton Baptist Church hosted PEP’s 2017 Christmas Celebrations; the hall was packed with 125 people who came along to enjoy the festive evening.

30 dancers from the ‘Edinburgh Dance Academy’’ arrived and kicked off the evening with 8 routines. As always their dancing was amazing and they wowed the audience with their talent and inspired routines and costumes (including witches and wild animals!). 

This year’s PEP Pantomime Presentation was ‘The Night Before Christmas’; a play based on the Christmas poem by Clement C Moore. Again PEP’s staff, volunteers and group members took on the roles with guest appearances from school kids James and Ellie. This year’s star had to be Ray whose part as a mouse got huge laughs whenever he appeared. Additional entertainment was provided by the Literacy Groups poem, and the audience joined in with renditions of ‘When Santa Got Stuck up the Chimney’, ‘Jingle Bells’ and helped end the show with ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’.

This year’s Volunteer awards were presented by volunteer coordinator Elaine Anderson. Driver Addy Gordon got the ‘Special Recognition’ award; while the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award went to ‘Reindeer Extraordinaire’ Sharon Douglas.

The evening ended with the traditional raffle and a buffet for all prepared by PEP’s dedicated staff and volunteers.

Acknowledgements: Rev. Ian Dickie and the Granton Baptist Church, Edinburgh Dance Academy, Morrison’s Ferry Road and all the staff, volunteers and service users at PEP who made the evening special!

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Christmas Crafts - Must Be Christmas!

theo_pep
Dec 14 2017
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The Craft group celebrated the run up to Christmas with a one off crafting session. 

It gave the group a chance to get some of their Christmas cards made adding that personal touch. Some of the group also created some fabulous Christmas hanging decorations from some real extra-large pine cones! There was glitter everywhere! 

It was lovely to see some new faces, mixed in with the old who return to the class year after year. As always, the session gave everyone a chance for a good blether and catch up over some home-made scones and delicious chocolate cake. 

Thank you to everyone who came along and here’s to next year! 

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PEP's Christmas Panto

theo_pep
Dec 01 2017
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"Twas the Night before Christmas when all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring not even a......."

Phone Trish on 0131 315 4466 to book your place for this year's Pantomime.

The evening will also feature dancers from the Edinburgh Dance Academy.

Everyone welcome!

Neighbourhood Group News Round Up

theo_pep
Jan 11 2017
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The last part of 2016 was a busy time for the neighbourhood group. Not only were they getting ready for the Christmas celebrations and Pantomime; but during October and November they were also making bird boxes!


The bird boxes were made by the group to be part of an interactive light project that took place at Muirhouse Shopping Centre on the 25th of November. The group worked on this project with Lyndsay from ‘The Arcadeum Art Shop.’ The boxes themselves can still be seen inside the Muirhouse Shopping Centre where they will shortly being going up for auction with the proceeds to go to a local charity.


On the 13th of December the neighbourhood group also created Christmas wreathes when they visited Newhailes National Trust for Scotland. The used materials sourced directly from the Newhailes woodland along with donated cinnamon and dried fruits to create beautiful festive decorations.

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PEP’s Annual Christmas Party

theo_pep
Dec 23 2016
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This year the party at the Queensberry Bowling Club fell on the 22nd December. Moira and volunteers Peter and Stephen did a fabulous job of decorating the tables. The decorations included luscious poinsettias donated by Pentland Plants and gifts on the tables for everyone from ‘Lindsay and Gilmour Pharmacy’.


60 people came along for the event with delicious food, as always, prepared by PEP’s dedicated staff and volunteers. Pate and oatcakes were followed by turkey with all the trimmings and a shortbread and fruit dessert.


This year’s entertainment was provided by Graham who put on a disco with a bit of singing thrown in. There was even a conga line snaking through the hall! The raffle had tonnes of prizes on offer including wine, chocolates and gift sets. The large poinsettias were also highly desirable this year! There were five large food hampers again donated by our friends at Liberton Hospital. With additional donations from ‘McKenzie & Millar’ and ‘Morrison’s Ferry Road’, it meant that there were plenty of opportunities to go home with an extra gift!


A special thank you must go out to the volunteers from ‘Heineken UK’ who came along specially to help out on the day. Thank you to Graham for the music, the Queensberry Bowling Club for hosting us and providing the bar facilities, to the staff and volunteers for making the day happen and to everyone who came along…. ‘Merry Christmas’!

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PEP presents ‘Aladdin Christmas Showtime’

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Dec 20 2016
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On the 15th December the Granton Baptist Church hosted PEP’s Christmas Celebrations.


This year the ever popular dancers from the ‘Edinburgh Dance Academy’’ returned to delight the audience with 5 routines. They were talented and entertaining and the younger dancers especially got the audience ‘oohing and ahhing!’


This year’s PEP Pantomime Presentation was ‘Aladdin’ with PEP’s staff, volunteers and group members taking on all the roles. Driver Ian excelled himself playing the evil baddie ‘Abanazar’ and the Guards, played by various volunteers and group members, were amazing with their comic ‘guarding’ of Sultan, George, and his beautiful daughter played by Fiona. Laughs abounded and extra entertainment was provided by the Literacy Groups poem, volunteer Justyna’s amazing piano playing and the ‘court musicians’.


We were delighted to also have Duo Hyperborea as our ‘Court Musicians’ playing Balkans and Middle Eastern Music for the evening. Their music and singing gave the evenings pantomime an authentic Eastern touch and was a fantastic musical experience for the audience.  


The evening also saw awards given to James Hosey as PEP’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’, Marion Penman for a ‘Special Recognition’ award and Mary Harrison as ‘Inspiring Volunteering’ award.
The evening ended with the raffle of 5 lovely hampers donated by the staff at Liberton Hospital and a buffet for all prepared by PEP’s dedicated staff and volunteers.


Acknowledgements: Rev. Ian Dickie and the Granton Baptist Church, The staff at Liberton Hospital, Edinburgh Dance Academy, Duo Hyperborea, Heineken UK, Neighbourly, Morrison’s Ferry Road, McKenzie & Millar and all the staff, volunteers and service users at PEP who made the evening special!

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